Wayne Static Discusses the Return of Static-X
By Natalie Perez
After steamrolling through the world of industrial metal for 15 years, Static-X took some much-needed time off from 2009 to 2011. The timing was perfect; after touring nonstop and surviving a few lineup changes, a hiatus seemed the right thing to do.
During that time, frontman Wayne Static flew solo, releasing Pighammer in October 2011. “It was something I wanted to do for a long time,” he said. “It’s been rewarding to do it by myself, not having to comprise or anything. I just worked with an engineer in the studio and spent a lot of time making it.
But this year, Static has put the emphasis squarely back on Static-X, who have reformed with three new members: Ashes, Brent Ashley and Sean Davidson.
“I just want to get back into doing Static-X again,” Static says. “We just want to go back on tour and have a good time.”
Check out my interview with Static below; we discuss the band’s return, touring plans and how good it feels for the band to be back in business.
REVOLVER: Can you give us a quick intro to and history of Static-X?
I’m not sure; I think everyone has at least heard of me at this point. But if you never listen to heavy music at all, in which case you probably wouldn’t be interested … In any case, we started off in the ’90s and came out with our first record in ’99. We sold millions of records, toured the world, all of that stuff. So if you like heavy music at all, I’m sure you’ve heard of Static-X.
How did the band get its name?
It’s kind of funny; I’m a Star Trek geek, so I thought Static Warp Field was cool. I shortened it to Static, then added the X to have it sound experimental. It’s what we were doing in the ’90s when creating a new sound we call “evil disco.”
Static-X are back, of course, but how was the solo-artist experience?
My solo record turned out awesome. Everyone loved it. It was something I wanted to do for a long time. It’s been rewarding for me to do it all by myself, not having to comprise or anything. I just worked with an engineer in the studio and spent a lot of time making it. The fans loved it. Now I’m focusing on Static-X again on the current tour.
The band took some time off starting in 2009. Why did you decide now’s the time to reform Static-X?
It seemed like the right thing to do. I wanted to get out before the summer was over and tour. We got some big show offers and it seemed like the right time to get everyone back together, and building a tour around it made sense.
You’re going on tour toward the end of this summer alongside Prong, who you’ve called a huge influence. How does it feel to tour alongside an act that has inspired you to do what you do?
It’s really cool. they’re going to be joining us in another week due to not being able to be with us at the start of it. But it’s rad. Tommy is a great guitar player, and it’ll be cool to have him out with us.
What else inspires you do to what you do?
I just can’t help but do it. I’ve always been that way, and if you ask that question to anyone else you’d get the same answer. The music just inspires you, and everything else as well — all day — being able to write songs just gives me ideas to make music, and I love doing it.
Will we be hearing new music from your solo career or Static-X?
I’m always writing so I’ve had a few months off from the last tour so I always have ideas for new music. I’m guessing maybe next year something will surface just unsure on whether it will be Static-X or my solo project. But expect to hear some new stuff soon.
What advice would you give to bands who want to do what you do?
Don’t quit your day job. But it’s a real different world now than when I started in the ’90s with the industry — heavy bands getting signed to major labels, making money. But now it’s getting harder and harder, and music is underground again. So if you’re going to do it, make sure you do it for the right reasons and have a good time because the chances to make it are getting less and less because of the Internet having changed how everything works.
What can we expect from your set list on this tour?
I always try to cover everything. With this tour, we’re playing stuff off the first two records, Wisconsin Death Trip and Machine. Six songs off each. But I always try to include a little bit of everything.
What else can we expect from Static-X this year?
We’re working on more U.S. dates. This current leg ends September 2, so we’ll be heading back out in every other town, staying out until October after a little break. Then we’ll take another break for the end of the year and pick up again in the new year. So right now it’s all about touring.
How long does it take for you to get your hair to look like that?
It takes zero time. It’s only a weekly thing, and it ends up staying like that.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
No, that’s about it. Just come on out to a show and have a good time!
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